It's that time of year again. Cartoonists all over the world take a deep breath, stock up on their caffeine of choice and prepare to chain themselves to their desks to participate with their comrades in pencils and attempt the comic artist marathon...the 24 hour comic challenge.
The goal is simple and straightforward... write and draw...without any preplanned, a 24 page comic book in 24 hours. It's grueling, intoxicating, fun, terrifying, inspiring, exposing and something every artist should attempt. It's a wonderful "brain vomit." Scott McCloud mentioned to me it's a terrifying exercise because you literally can draw faster than you think and you have no idea really what muck that is floating about in your brain is going to find its way on paper. It can be the cheapest, fastest therapy in the world.
It's also wonderfully validating...to see just what you can actually produce in such a short amount of time. It makes you value every minute...every second is precious and shows you just what you are capable of. It makes you stop procrastinating, it makes you assess all the projects you've let languish for "lack of time," and reevaluate your approach to getting things done. It fires you up and gets you excited about all your other projects.
...and then you go home and sleep for a day and a half.
Wish me luck!